British Gas International Meet
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor took a hat-trick of golds at the British Gas International Meet in Manchester, winning the 100m Freestyle in a PB of 54.46, the 200m Freestyle in 1:57.28, and the 200m Individual Medley in 2:10.39. Bath teammate Amelia Maughan took silver in the 100m Freestyle, and bronze in the 200m Freestyle.
Georgia Davies (British Gas NTC Loughborough) retained her 50m Backstroke title winning in 28.00, ahead of Lizzie Simmonds (British Gas NTC Bath) in 28.95 and Ekaterina Avramova (Ealing) in 29.24, as well as taking the 200m Back title. In the 100m Backstroke Lizzie Simmonds (British Gas NTC Bath) took gold in 1:01.01.
Chris Walker-Hebborn (Ellesmere College) won two golds at the meet, with the 50m and 100m Backstroke, while British champion Charlie Boldison (University of Stirling) posted a 2:00.65 in the 200m Backstroke to take the title.
In his main event, Michael Jamieson kept his 200m Breaststroke title in a very tight race, with the top three swimmers separated by less than half a second. MJ finished in 2:11.89, with Adam Peaty 0.11 seconds behind and Ross Murdoch a further 0.17 seconds behind him.
City of Derby’s Peaty was 0.27 seconds outside the 50m Breaststroke British Record he set in Canet earlier in the month but still struck gold in 27.46. Ross Murdoch was second in 27.91 with Andrew Weatheritt third in 27.99. Peaty went on to take the 100m Breaststroke title (1:00.28), with Bath teammates Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis coming in second and third respectively.
Hatfield’s Katie Armitage moved through the field to take the 200m Breaststroke title ahead of Danielle Lowe (City of Derby) and Sophie Allen (British Gas NTC Bath). Armitage led the final 50m to finish in a PB 2:31.93. In the 100m Breaststroke Olympic gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte came from behind to take gold in 1:07.58 ahead of British champion Sophie Taylor (City of Leeds) in 1:08.97
Georgina Evans (City of Liverpool) secured the 50m Breaststroke title ahead of Laura Kinley (Isle of Man) and Rachael Wilson (Derwentside), the three having been separated by just 0.03 seconds in the heats.
Ben Proud’s second individual gold of the meet was the 50m Butterfly, while his Plymouth Leander teammate Antony James swam just inside his season’s best to take the 100m Butterfly in 53.20 ahead of British champion James Guy (Millfield School) in 53.53. Joseph Roebuck (British Gas NTC Bath) retained his 200m Butterfly title by finishing ahead of Cameron Brodie (University of Stirling) and Bath team mate Matthew Johnson.
In the women’s 100m Butterfly, British champion Rachael Kelly (British Gas NTC Loughborough) was just outside her PB finishing in a time of 58.76, going on take her second title of the meet with the 50m Butterfly, just ahead of Loughborough teammate Amy Smith. The Women’s 200m Butterfly title went to Jemma Lowe in 2:10.89.
In the 400m IM, having won silver in the 200m Breaststroke, Jemma Lowe led from the start to win gold in a time of 4:46.16. Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow) took silver in 4:49.61.
Roberto Pavoni (British Gas NTC Loughborough) produced strong performances to retain the 400m Individual Medley title (4:21.80) as well as win the 200m IM in 2:01.19.
Two of Ben Proud’s three golds came in the 50m and 100m Freestyle, in times of 22.14 and 49.78 respectively.
Amy Smith (British Gas NTC Loughborough) won gold in the women’s 50m Freestyle with a time of 25.30, 0.29 seconds ahead of Ruta Meilutyte (Plymouth Leander).
In the men’s comp, James Guy won the 200m Freestyle in 1:48.59, and the 400m went to Stephen Milne (Perth City) who was just outside his PB in 3:51.73. Camilla Hattersley (City of Glasgow) swam a PB to take the women’s 400m Free title.
The women’s 800m Freestyle was won by Hannah Miley, leeding from the start to finish in 8:37.58 ahead of Hattersley in 8:38.91 and Alice Dearing (Royal Wolverhampton) in a PB 8:41.92.
In the 1500m Freestyle Perth City’s Stephen Milne won gold in a time of 15:19.12 ahead of Jay Lelliott (University of Bath) in 15:23.33. Caleb Hughes took bronze in 15:35.57.
New relay competition
For the first time, the meet included a Club 400m Medley relay, with a women’s and men’s competition. Plymouth Leander (Eliza Duffy, Ruta Meilutyte, Charlotte Atkinson, Grace Vertigans) won the women’s comp in 4:05.02 and Warrender Baths (Craig McNally, Craig Benson, Sean Campsie, Lewis Smith) won the men’s in 3:44.00.